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Domaine des Marrans Vieillies Vignes Chiroubles 2014

The local weather in Melbourne seems to have taken on a decidedly far north Queensland guise over the last couple of days.  Perfect though for a chilled Beaujolais, a style and region that I particularly enjoy.  This Chiroubles was spotted in a local wine store, a tribute frankly to the depth of the offering available…Continue readingDomaine des Marrans Vieillies Vignes Chiroubles 2014

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Château d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

First, a confession: I really enjoy southern Rhône style whites.  This wine is from Château d’Anglès from the La Clape appellation which is actually further south in the Languedoc, but the principle remains the same.  It’s a blend of bourboulenc (50%), white grenache (30%), roussanne (10%) and marsanne (10%).  Bourboulenc you say?  Yes, it’s a…Continue readingChâteau d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

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Francis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2014

April is a beautiful month in Melbourne; calm, the worst of the summer heat is gone and the cold is rousing but not yet threatening.  Perfect for sitting outside and tasting some whites.  This white is from Francis Blanchet in Pouilly Fumé, and I’ve previously enjoyed the 2012 (reviewed here).  Pouilly Fumé is one of…Continue readingFrancis Blanchet Calcite Pouilly Fumé 2014

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Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2014

This is a fresh and light sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and the appellation of Touraine.  Touraine is the most important of the Loire Valley wine regions, and the appellation labelled as such covers some 3,600 hectares under vine and a large variety of soils.  White Touraine is most important here, and must be…Continue readingVillebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2014

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Chateau de Suberne Loupiac 2006

Loupiac is one of the “acks” that surround Sauternes where much very good dessert wine can be had at remarkably fair prices considering the cost and effort it takes to produce high quality wines in this region.  The 2006 Chateau de Suberne can be picked up for a song at under $40 for a 750ml…Continue readingChateau de Suberne Loupiac 2006

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Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2011

I view Guigal’s Côtes du Rhône as the entry level benchmark of the southern Rhone valley style of GSM (grenache, syrah and mourvedre) blends.  It is universally available in my experience, well made and is good value.  The blend is in fact 50% syrah, 45% grenache and 5% mourvedre.  An “SGM” blend somehow rolls of…Continue readingGuigal Côtes du Rhône 2011

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Domaine Villebois Sancerre 2014

Buy up this Sancerre if you are able, as it is simply delicious drinking.  From Domaine Villebois in Sancerre (sauvignon blanc territory), it has aromatics of stones, lime, lemon and grass.  The palate is bone dry, with a fresh petillance and terrific balance.  An excellent find (and bottled under screwcap too). Rating: Very GoodAbv: 12.5%Price:…Continue readingDomaine Villebois Sancerre 2014

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Domaine Serisier Le Bout du Monde Bordeaux Rosé 2014

It’s always a pleasure to taste rosé wines that have been made with attention to detail.  This rosé from Domaine Serisier is made from 100% merlot and is such a wine.  Suited to food, it has aromatics of earth, strawberries and nectarine skins.  The palate is moreish with fresh acidity and terrific balance.  I wrote…Continue readingDomaine Serisier Le Bout du Monde Bordeaux Rosé 2014

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Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2009

Bordeaux and Beyond continue to fish out excellent wines from the Bordeaux region.  This is another.  From the outstanding 2009 vintage, it’s a blend of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc from Chateau de la Dauphine.  Specifically, the wine is from the red wine appellation of Fronsac to the west of Libourne.  The vines have…Continue readingChateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2009

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Chapoutier Luberon 2014

There are only so many appellations I can remember and I’m afraid Luberon isn’t one of them.  The possibility that it may, on examination, prove to be a planet in the Alderaan system remained a stubborn thought.  Closer investigation however reveals Luberon to be a fashionable and very sunny wine region sitting between the Rhône…Continue readingChapoutier Luberon 2014

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Paris to Chablis

Jetlag recovered, the first stop on the wine itinerary was Chablis.  I suspect due to pre-conceptions of cold winters and frost, I had always thought of Chablis as being a little north of Paris, notwithstanding I know France reasonably well.  In fact, it is a roughly 2 hour drive south-east of Paris, which made me…Continue readingParis to Chablis

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Melbourne to Paris

Well, it has been a fantastic week touring Burgundy’s wine regions.  My bold plan to post after each day’s visits ended as it started – a bold plan.  Instead, it proved to be an extensive week of learning, wine tasting, vineyard and winery visits, supplemented by an even more extensive diet and spun together by…Continue readingMelbourne to Paris